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Andrew Brown: the low-hanging fruit of atheism

If we accept Steve Neumann’s “Atheist Positivity Challenge,” and refrain from going after the “low-hanging Christians” (i.e., megachurch pastors, Ken Ham, etc.) for a month, can we still criticize atheists? Even the low-hanging ones, like Andrew Brown? I will make this short: Brown has embarrassed himself again at the Guardian (that’s equivalent to saying, “Andrew […]

Wednesday’s cat is lacking ears

We’ve met Gus the Cat before (here, here, and here), whose staff consists of reader Taskin. Gus lost his ears when he was caught in a live-trap set for him during a very cold winter in Canada. Trapped in a cage in freezing weather, Gus got frostbite, eventually losing his ears and nearly his toes. But Taskin took him in, […]

A positive review of Karen Armstrong’s book: frantic osculation by Ferdinand Mount

A negative review in the Telegraph of Karen Armstrong’s new book—Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence—has been balanced by a very positive review in the Spectator, “Religion does not poison everything—everything poisons religion.” The reviewer is Ferdinand Mount—Baronet Mount to you—who was editor of the Times Literary Supplement for 11 years. As you know if […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Well, I’ll be! Pelicans in Iowa! Reader Peter Nothnagle sends the details: I joined some friends this past Sunday, September 21, for a late-season boat ride around Coralville Lake in eastern Iowa.  There were countless gulls, cormorants, herons, egrets, and especially, pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchus) to be seen. The pelicans had an interesting feeding strategy.  They would cruise along together, […]

Dinesh d’Souza spared jail

Just a quick bulletin: archconservative and Defender of the Faith Dinesh d’Souza has been spared jail time. According to The Smoking Gun, he’s just been sentenced to five years’ probation for violating campaign finance laws: For the first eight months of his probation term, D’Souza will have to live in a “community confinement center” in […]

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s speech at Yale

On September 15, Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke at Yale, and you all remember that this was protested by a consortium of student organizations, including the Muslim Students’ Association, the Women’s Center, and the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics. The talk was posted three days ago by the Buckley Program at Yale, so you can hear for […]

Fox trifecta

I’m going to end Fox Week (only four days) on a high note. Reader Scott sent not one but three fox videos, along with some words: I went on a fox hunt on yahoo and found some nice videos that I would like to share for three reasons: the fox’s speed, sound, and … apparent […]

My prediction on Scotland

I don’t really know much about this, though I lived in Edinburgh for five months. But I’m predicting, based on purely subjective criteria, that the Scots will vote to remain with Britain. I say this simply because it’s the tradition and because the economic and logistic uncertainties are so large. I have no dog in this race: […]

Guest post: journalist Faye Flam tells scientists how to talk to reporters

UPDATE: If you have any questions you want to ask Faye about science reporting, especially on this topic, feel free to do so in the comments. She’ll drop by and answer some later. __________ I was recently talking to my friend Faye Flam, a science reporter, about how I’d just been interviewed by another science […]

My Old School & Bad Sneakers

The original Steely Dan, with Donald Fagan, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, and Walter Becker, was moderately famous, but I contend it’s one of the best rock groups of all time: sui generis, with a unique mixture of jazz, rock, and other motifs. Although they’re in sad decline (Fagan’s lost that plaintive voice), I still revisit their […]


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